Tom Brokaw has been part of the liberal cultural cabal that has foisted a cynical view of American history and America upon the American people via the press, academia and Hollywood for the past 40+ years, yet wonders aloud how the Tsarnaev Islamist bomber brothers could be so alienated:
What prompts a young man to come to this country and still feel alienated from it, to go back to Russia and do whatever he did? And I don't think we've examined that enough. I mean, there was 24/7 coverage on television, a lot of newspaper print and so on, but we've got to look at the roots of all of this because it exists across the whole subcontinent, and the – and the Islamic world, around the world.
And I think we also have to examine the use of drones that the United States is involved in and – and there are a lot of civilians who are innocently killed in a drone attack in Pakistan, in Afghanistan, and in Iraq. And I can tell you having spent a lot of time over there, young people will come up to me on the streets and say, "We love America. But if you harm one hair on the – on the head of my sister, I will fight you forever." And there is this enormous rage against what they see in that part of the world as a presumptuousness of the United States.
What prompted young men and women born in this country, like Bill Ayers, Bernardine Dohrn and Kathy Boudin, to feel so alienated from it they became Weather Underground bombers? What prompted native-born legislators, judges and juries to fail to lock them up for life? What prompted American universities to affirm their attacks on the institutions of this country by making them professors at the American universities of Illinois-Chicago, Northwestern and Columbia, respectively?
What prompted Ivy League student Bill Clinton to protest America in Moscow during the Cold War? Secretary of State Hillary Clinton to provide cover for al Qaeda in Benghazi? And Barack Obama to circle the globe apologizing for America during his first year in office?
To be alienated from America is required orthodoxy for membership in America's cultural elite from D.C. to NYC to Boston to Chicago to LA and all points educational and journalistic in between.
What prompted Walter Cronkite to claim U.S. armed forces lost Tet? What prompted the Left to dismiss the Communist threat despite the massive slaughter for decades? What prompted them to leave the South Vietnamese and the Hmong to the tender mercies of Ho Chi Min? Senator Ted Kennedy to secretly write Gorbachev to undermine his president's opposition to the unilateral surrender of a "nuclear freeze?" John Kerry to aid and abet enemies of the USA from North Vietnam to Nicaragua to Syria?
The Bible and prayer were banned from K-12. The mention of God's name is treated like the uttering of gutter profanity and the only moral values taught to teens and pre-teens at government schools are "tolerance" and "diversity" for anything but Judeo-Christian values and America as an exceptional nation.
It's a miracle there are enough young Americans left to man the Army, Navy, Air Force and Marines, after 40+ years of liberal brainwashing.
Re-examine drone policy? But wait, Tom, we surrendered Iran (Carter), Iraq (Obama), Egypt (Obama) and Libya (Obama). We (yes, one of those same Democrats) begged Iran's mullahs to sit down for tea while they exerted the will of Allah, unfettered by American-backed Shahs. Yet, they still hate us.
Yes, I quite understand why a young "expert" interview on the Arab street would impress Brokaw with vows of revenge for hairs mussed by American bombs. Too bad they didn't take out their revenge on their own leaders that mussed their hair and ours. See 9/11 when they mussed our hair in Manhattan, Arlington County (VA), and a field near Shanksville, Pennsylvania. American hair was also mussed by Muslims in Teheran in 1979, the first WTC bombing in 1993, and African embassies in 1998.
The root cause of Islamist violence against us does not lie in our drone policy. Rather, it lies in envy and a religion defined by an un-Holy book that preaches conversion by the sword and so is un-fit for a Christian-like "Reformation", lest they trash the word of God from The Prophet.
The problem also lies with two concepts that are anathema to the Brokaw-Liberal-Democrat Left in this country: Original Sin and Natural Law. The Left refuses to accept the obvious lessons of the history of a fallen world and sinful human nature that can only thrive via the force to defend against evil by a moral and religious people who restrain themselves so that a tyrannical government isn't necessary for acceptable order.
The Left does its best to alienate all who enter their avenues of influence in schools, movie theaters, television screens , print media, and the internet. Most who so enter are natural-born American citizens that could one day run for president, even if they launch campaigns from the living room of a terrorist. Most could become First Lady even if the first time they were proud of the nation that defeated Jim Crow, Nazi Germany and the Evil Soviet Empire, was when their husband got Iowans to vote for him in caucuses. But, sadly, since the government does not yet hold fee simple title to American children, our youth continue to be influenced by their parents and the values they hold. Hence, the Republican Party.
The fact is that probably a higher percentage of immigrants, many of whom fled oppressive socialist governments, than native-born Americans are less alienated. One wonders if their ties are as grounded in liberty and hard work happiness pursuits or welfare, but at least many of them have been educated in the school of hard knocks that is non-capitalist dictatorial regimes abroad.
Sadly, the lessons taught across the Fruited Plain in the late 1970s and during Obama's first term by failed liberal Democrat governance weren't learned thanks to the Brokaws of the world who can't abide that their liberal religion ever be discredited. If only we could alienate them from their religious love of Big Government tax takings and control of the lives of others via regulation, America might have a chance.
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